EnviroScape® Announces Elementary "Science Lab Schools" Debuting in Pinellas County, FL

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Florida school district develops unique hands-on science "Lab Schools" for elementary students. Pinellas County, FL students will have the opportunity to explore subjects such as natural resources, in-depth, in a lab setting.

EnviroScape® Watershed Model

The EnviroScape® Model offers students a unique learning opportunity to see the results and impact of different kinds of pollution on our ecosystems.

Hands-on inquiry, digital investigations and real world "Citizen Scientist" experiences describe the high engagement learning opportunities which will be available to lucky students at twelve elementary schools in Pinellas County, FL. Twelve "Science Lab Schools” debuted with the start of the 2013-2014 school year with ten more opening over the course of the 2013-2014 school year. Each lab experience will provide in-depth extended learning over multiple days allowing students to dig deeper into meaningful content while supporting team collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

One week long, lab uses the EnviroScape® model to engage 4th grade students in a unique learning opportunity--they learn how plants and animals, including humans, impact the environment while also focusing on the need for renewable and nonrenewable resources. The EnviroScape® models, which were generously funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, offer students a unique learning opportunity--they not only see the impact of different kinds of pollution on our ecosystems, but engage in creating solutions for managing these impacts.

The content for each lab was carefully selected through analysis of district data. Each grade level specific science lab was developed to support Florida learning standards. Students will rotate through the lab 5-7 times this year. Each lab rotation provides 5 consecutive days of hands on investigations. Teachers participated in “Just in Time” science lab trainings to learn how to use the tools and equipment.

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